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Metallica: When your dad takes you to a metallica concert and you get noticed by your favorite band member
Metallica: When your dad takes you to a metallica concert and you get noticed by your favorite band member

When your dad takes you to a metallica concert and you get noticed by your favorite band member

Metallica: Metallica embarks on their European Tour, (2008)
Metallica: Metallica embarks on their European Tour, (2008)

Metallica embarks on their European Tour, (2008)

Metallica: Songs you shoud know: Smells like teen Spirit-Nirvana Nothing Else matters-Metallica Satisfaction The Rolling Stones Knockin on Heaven's door Bob Dylan All Along the Watchtower- Jimmy Hendrix Paranoid Black Sabbath Bohemian Rhapsody-Queen London Calling-The Clash Thrilier-Michael Jackson November Rain Guns'n'Roses Stairway to Heaven-Led Zeppelin Child In time-Deep Purple Wish you were here-Pink Floyd Brothers in Arms-Dire Stralts Music-lohn Milles Hotel California-The Eagles Thunderstruck-AC/DC Imagine-John Lennon Let it be-Beatles Calfornication-Red hot chill Peppers Hymn barclay james harvest Fear oft he dark-Iron Maiden Locomotive breath- lethro Tull luly morning-Uriah Heep Always on my Mind - Elvis Presley Sound of Silence Simon and Garfunkel Don't stop believing Journey Space Oddity-David Bowie Dancing in the dark-Bruce Springsteen One-Johnny Cash My Way-Frank Sinatra Tears in Heaven-Eric Clapton Summer ol 69-Bryan Adams Alrica-Toto One-U2 Redemption Song-Bob Marley Fatherand son-Cat Stevens Careless whisper George Michael Whata wonderful world-Louis Armstrong In the airtonight Phil Collins Wind ofchange Scorpions Fragile Siing Every breath you take The Police Freebird-Lynyrd Skynyrd Johnny be good Chuck'Berry Holy Diver-Dio Dancing Queen Abba Barcelona - Freddie Mercury/Montserrat Cabelle My Generation The Who The End The Doors Baby Love Mother's Finest Land down under-Men at Work Hallelujah-lelf Buckley Black hole sun -Soundgarden Seven Nation Army-White Stripes witha llttie helptrom my friends Joe Cocker ivinon a prayer-Bon Jovi Me and Bobby Mcnee-Janis Joplin The LadyIn Chris de Burgh House of the rising Suno Animals ake me home country roadsolohn Denver Lemon tree-Fools Garden Eye of the Tiger-Survivor Jump-Van Halen la GrangeoZZ Top fee Back to black Amy Winehouse The final Countdown Europe Learn to fly- Foo Fighters The Lady In Re Red More thana ling-Boston Music is a special thing No one have the same taste of music. So please respect everyone who live his kind of music. The songs above are my top iconic songs I choose only one song per band because otherwise the list woud be to long. But now its your turn.. what song/band is missing? Do you agree? (Not mine, can’t remember OP, sorry)
Metallica: Songs you shoud know:
 Smells like teen Spirit-Nirvana
 Nothing Else matters-Metallica
 Satisfaction The Rolling Stones
 Knockin on Heaven's door Bob Dylan
 All Along the Watchtower- Jimmy Hendrix
 Paranoid Black Sabbath
 Bohemian Rhapsody-Queen
 London Calling-The Clash
 Thrilier-Michael Jackson
 November Rain Guns'n'Roses
 Stairway to Heaven-Led Zeppelin
 Child
 In time-Deep Purple
 Wish you were here-Pink Floyd
 Brothers in Arms-Dire Stralts
 Music-lohn Milles
 Hotel California-The Eagles
 Thunderstruck-AC/DC
 Imagine-John Lennon
 Let it be-Beatles
 Calfornication-Red hot chill Peppers
 Hymn barclay james harvest
 Fear oft he dark-Iron Maiden
 Locomotive breath- lethro Tull
 luly morning-Uriah Heep
 Always on my Mind - Elvis Presley
 Sound of Silence
 Simon and Garfunkel
 Don't stop believing Journey
 Space Oddity-David Bowie
 Dancing in the dark-Bruce Springsteen
 One-Johnny Cash
 My Way-Frank Sinatra
 Tears in Heaven-Eric Clapton
 Summer ol 69-Bryan Adams
 Alrica-Toto
 One-U2
 Redemption Song-Bob Marley
 Fatherand son-Cat Stevens
 Careless whisper George Michael
 Whata wonderful world-Louis Armstrong
 In the airtonight Phil Collins
 Wind ofchange Scorpions
 Fragile Siing
 Every breath you take The Police
 Freebird-Lynyrd Skynyrd
 Johnny be good Chuck'Berry
 Holy Diver-Dio
 Dancing Queen Abba
 Barcelona - Freddie Mercury/Montserrat Cabelle
 My Generation The Who
 The End The Doors
 Baby Love Mother's Finest
 Land down under-Men at Work
 Hallelujah-lelf Buckley
 Black hole sun -Soundgarden
 Seven Nation Army-White Stripes
 witha llttie helptrom my friends Joe Cocker
 ivinon a prayer-Bon Jovi
 Me and Bobby Mcnee-Janis Joplin
 The LadyIn Chris de Burgh
 House of the rising Suno Animals
 ake me home country roadsolohn Denver
 Lemon tree-Fools Garden
 Eye of the Tiger-Survivor
 Jump-Van Halen
 la GrangeoZZ Top
 fee
 Back to black Amy Winehouse
 The final Countdown Europe
 Learn to fly- Foo Fighters
 The Lady In Re
 Red
 More thana
 ling-Boston
 Music is a special thing
 No one have the same taste of music.
 So please respect everyone
 who live his kind of music.
 The songs above are my top iconic songs
 I choose only one song per band
 because otherwise the list woud be to long.
 But now its your turn..
 what song/band is missing?
Do you agree? (Not mine, can’t remember OP, sorry)

Do you agree? (Not mine, can’t remember OP, sorry)

Metallica: This dog throwing a ball on the beach @DrSmashlove A dear friend of mine who live in NYC was seriously dating a man from out of town. He planned to move to NYC and they planned to start a life together. He ended up calling it all off and it hurt her badly. I was texting with her and she said out of deep frustration “I HONESTLY JUST WANNA B LIKE ARIANA GRANDE THANK U NEXT BUT NOOO”. This really hurt my heart. Lemme splain y’all some. First, even Ariana ain’t like Ariana. I don’t know what Ariana was like as a child or what she like now. None of us do. Everything about her - from her music to her social media - is carefully crafted-curated by a team of dozens of people who make their living off of her. She has the fourth largest IG account with 136M followers. She don’t just walk into a bathroom bust a selfie and post it like y’all. She got a team of former Facebook-IG employees who analyze IG activity to the millisecond and post content that will guarantee growth and exposure of her account. And her music is cranked out by the same old balding men in creepy black nike caps, bad tans and tight jeans who managed Guns N Roses-Metallica in the 80s and now have decided that dressing a grown woman up as a lil girl with bows in her hair is the wave. Don’t ever get lost in the sauce. NOBODY’s heart is built like that. NOBODY invest they entire existence someone and then by the next day they like “thank u next”. That’s a tag line only someone with a sick heart (in a black nike baseball cap 😂) could devise. It’s not real. Love is a gift. Sometimes the world gets in the way. Don’t stop loving with all your heart. My friend said “What if I never meet anyone who makes me feel like that? Or worse, what if I can’t let myself feel like that with someone who deserves it bc he fvcked up my sense of trust so bad?” Well bish that’s how the heart works lol! That’s how u feel when u in love and it get torn apart! U feel like maybe u never gon be in love again! Nah. A merciful God ain’t build us like that and God is indeed merciful. Give it time. U will love again and realize that ya ex was a whole trash can. It take time to heal but it will happen. Don’t hold yourself to someone else’s timeline! Ever! Love y’all. Bless up ❤️
Metallica: This dog throwing a ball on the beach
 @DrSmashlove
A dear friend of mine who live in NYC was seriously dating a man from out of town. He planned to move to NYC and they planned to start a life together. He ended up calling it all off and it hurt her badly. I was texting with her and she said out of deep frustration “I HONESTLY JUST WANNA B LIKE ARIANA GRANDE THANK U NEXT BUT NOOO”. This really hurt my heart. Lemme splain y’all some. First, even Ariana ain’t like Ariana. I don’t know what Ariana was like as a child or what she like now. None of us do. Everything about her - from her music to her social media - is carefully crafted-curated by a team of dozens of people who make their living off of her. She has the fourth largest IG account with 136M followers. She don’t just walk into a bathroom bust a selfie and post it like y’all. She got a team of former Facebook-IG employees who analyze IG activity to the millisecond and post content that will guarantee growth and exposure of her account. And her music is cranked out by the same old balding men in creepy black nike caps, bad tans and tight jeans who managed Guns N Roses-Metallica in the 80s and now have decided that dressing a grown woman up as a lil girl with bows in her hair is the wave. Don’t ever get lost in the sauce. NOBODY’s heart is built like that. NOBODY invest they entire existence someone and then by the next day they like “thank u next”. That’s a tag line only someone with a sick heart (in a black nike baseball cap 😂) could devise. It’s not real. Love is a gift. Sometimes the world gets in the way. Don’t stop loving with all your heart. My friend said “What if I never meet anyone who makes me feel like that? Or worse, what if I can’t let myself feel like that with someone who deserves it bc he fvcked up my sense of trust so bad?” Well bish that’s how the heart works lol! That’s how u feel when u in love and it get torn apart! U feel like maybe u never gon be in love again! Nah. A merciful God ain’t build us like that and God is indeed merciful. Give it time. U will love again and realize that ya ex was a whole trash can. It take time to heal but it will happen. Don’t hold yourself to someone else’s timeline! Ever! Love y’all. Bless up ❤️

A dear friend of mine who live in NYC was seriously dating a man from out of town. He planned to move to NYC and they planned to start a...

Metallica: 40+ of the SADDEST SON GS EVER Mainstream and otherwise 1."Hurt" , Johnny Cash ( Written by Nine inch nails.) 2. "Fall from grace", Future Islands 3. "How to disappear completely", Radioheac 4. "Fade to black", Metallica 5. Little sun", Blues pills 6. Everybody hurts", R.E.M 7. Strange fruits", Billy Holiday 8. "Hallelujah", Jeff Buckley (Written by Leonard Cohen) 9."Hero", Regina Spektor 10. Wish you were here", Pink Floyd 11. Polly come home", Robert Plant feat. Alison Krauss 12. "Don't panic", Coldplay 13. "Fade into you", Mazzy star 14. Flatlands", Chelsea Wolfe 15. "Gorecki", Lamb 16."Mother's little helper", Arno (Written by The Rolling stones) 17. The sparrow" , Mastodon 19. Time in A Bottle", Jim Croce 20. Troy", Sinead O'connor 21."Life less ordinary", The Bronx 22·"Suicide Note, Pt. 1",Pantera 23."Do you feel it?", Chaos chaos 24. Family portrait", Pink 25. "Albatross", Fleetwood Mac (Instrumental) 26."Then came the last days of May", Blue Öyster Cult 27."Marrow", YOB 28."1 Will Wait For You", Connie Francis 29."La vie en rose", Edith Piaf 30."The show must go on", Queen 31."Fjara", Solstafir 32. Over my shoulder", MIKA 33. Time", Hans Zimmer (Instrumenta) 34. "A simple mistake", Anathema 35."Changes", Charles Bradley ( Written by Black Sabbath) 36."I started a joke", Bee Gees 37."In the shade of the sun", Kapitan Korsakov 38. "Comforting sounds", Mew 39. Time flies", Vaya con Dios 40."Evil", Interpol 41. "Needle in the hay", Elliot Smith 42. "Cleanin' out my closet", Eminem 43. "Angels, The XX 44."Hutt 45. "The End", The Doors ( Apocalypse Now... That intro.) 46. "Jordan", Rival Sons 47."White Trash Beautiful", Everlast 48. Roads", Portishead 49. Black", Pearl Jam 50. The needle and the damage done", Neil Young erite mile", 16 Horsepower Who wants some feels?
Metallica: 40+ of the
 SADDEST
 SON GS EVER
 Mainstream and otherwise
 1."Hurt" , Johnny Cash ( Written by Nine inch nails.)
 2. "Fall from grace", Future Islands
 3. "How to disappear completely", Radioheac
 4. "Fade to black", Metallica
 5. Little sun", Blues pills
 6. Everybody hurts", R.E.M
 7. Strange fruits", Billy Holiday
 8. "Hallelujah", Jeff Buckley (Written by Leonard Cohen)
 9."Hero", Regina Spektor
 10. Wish you were here", Pink Floyd
 11. Polly come home", Robert Plant feat. Alison Krauss
 12. "Don't panic", Coldplay
 13. "Fade into you", Mazzy star
 14. Flatlands", Chelsea Wolfe
 15. "Gorecki", Lamb
 16."Mother's little helper", Arno (Written by The Rolling stones)
 17. The sparrow" , Mastodon
 19. Time in A Bottle", Jim Croce
 20. Troy", Sinead O'connor
 21."Life less ordinary", The Bronx
 22·"Suicide Note, Pt. 1",Pantera
 23."Do you feel it?", Chaos chaos
 24. Family portrait", Pink
 25. "Albatross", Fleetwood Mac (Instrumental)
 26."Then came the last days of May", Blue Öyster Cult
 27."Marrow", YOB
 28."1 Will Wait For You", Connie Francis
 29."La vie en rose", Edith Piaf
 30."The show must go on", Queen
 31."Fjara", Solstafir
 32. Over my shoulder", MIKA
 33. Time", Hans Zimmer (Instrumenta)
 34. "A simple mistake", Anathema
 35."Changes", Charles Bradley ( Written by Black Sabbath)
 36."I started a joke", Bee Gees
 37."In the shade of the sun", Kapitan Korsakov
 38. "Comforting sounds", Mew
 39. Time flies", Vaya con Dios
 40."Evil", Interpol
 41. "Needle in the hay", Elliot Smith
 42. "Cleanin' out my closet", Eminem
 43. "Angels, The XX
 44."Hutt
 45. "The End", The Doors ( Apocalypse Now... That intro.)
 46. "Jordan", Rival Sons
 47."White Trash Beautiful", Everlast
 48. Roads", Portishead
 49. Black", Pearl Jam
 50. The needle and the damage done", Neil Young
 erite mile", 16 Horsepower
Who wants some feels?

Who wants some feels?

Metallica: Handicap parking for Metallica fans
Metallica: Handicap parking for Metallica fans

Handicap parking for Metallica fans

Metallica: 0 IN MID-2004, WITH THE GLOBAL DOMINATION THAT WAS TO COME JUST A MURMUR ON THE HORIZON, WE FOLLOWED MCR AROUND THE UK FOR ONE OF THEIR VERY FIRST METAL HAMMER FEATURES WORDS: JOHN DORAN PHOTOS: JOHN McMURTRIE mcrscans.tumblr.com G- prepared for the accident that was to happen tonight at premier sauna-cum-venue, The Garage. During erard Way had been having premonitions that he was going to be blinded for months. The lead an eviscerating performance, Gerard throws himself singer of My Chemical Romancetoward the crowd just as one particularly lust-crazed kept on seeing it happen in dreams and each time he would young woman thrusts her arms up to touch him. Gerard, now wearing onyx-black shades, takes up the story: "I head-banged into her finger and it went right in my eye. It was the weirdest feeling. It was painful but the worst thing was how weird it was. I could feel her finger in my eye and all this really warm fluid running down my face. I thought my eyeball had burst and I just kept on thinking about the dreams I'd been having about wake up in a cold sweat, shaking. So he was almost going blind. I was like, 'Dude, I've lost this left eye: But the finger was right back into my socket around the eyeball where all the tendons and shit are. It made LEAP OF FAITH: THE MCRMY PILE IN ANK GENUFLECTS AT HE ALTAR OF SCREAM 38 METLHAMNERCOUK THE BROTHERS WAY: DIVVENT MESS garage RISTOR music "DOESTHE NUMBER 30 GO FROM HERE MATE?" a really weird slurping noise when she took it out.the outfit) from Newark, NJ, who, despite only having Metal Hammer has very strict rules about what girls acouple of single releases in this country, are starting can and cannot stick into its various orifices and this should definitely be a no-no. Gerard and the rest of themuch for their own safety, then they do about their fans. band are sitting around sharing coffee, beers and soft They walk out on stage to hand out bottles of water to drinks, waiting for their Manchester Hop And Grape show the people at the front and regularly douse the ones who soundcheck this evening and telling us all about how they look like they need it. They also try to protect their fans are beginning to take off in this country-while swapping from the carnage on stage if they get up there. It's Metal gig injury stories. Gerard reckons it would have been cool Hammers view that moshing is a good thing because it in a way to have lost his eye, saying: "Can you imagine gives people the chance to have catharsis and get the how cool it would be to wear an eyepatch on stage?" to cause a huge stir over here. And if they don't care violence out that is in us all without hurting anyone else You'd be the screamo Bluebeard!", adds taciturr drummer Matt Pelissier. All of the band have horror stories in this country under the age of 40 was made to go to one to tell when it comes to playing live and, watching thepunk or screamo gig a week then football violence would powerhouse performance that they put on, you can't help probably die out overnight. But Gerard still thinks there's but feel they should take out a hell of a lot more personal anegative element to it sometimes, saying: "Some of it injury insurance. "Frank [Iero] hit me in the face with the is macho bullshit. Some of the nu metal acts were just head of his guitar one night and it was bleeding so much encouraging violence for violence's sake. It gives punk that my entire face was covered in blood," says Ray Toro, rck a bad name and it makes it harder for the kids. Their the Afro-haired guitarist. "It was like a mask of blood." parents aren't going to let them go and watch bands if (usually). In fact, we'd go so far as to say that if everyone "We're a really physical band on stage," adds Gerard.they go and get the shit kicked out of them." "I slipped a couple of discs in my back on tour. Frank hasThe Garage is heaving hours before the gig even starts broken his wrist. We've all been hurt." It was the gig the night before when we first met up with the five-piece (Gerard's brother Mikey plays bass in and people keep on coming up to Gerard in the pub beforehand. He's nearly mobbed at one point by two girls coming out of McDonald's. "Oh! My! God!" says "We've all been hurt GERARD ON SOME OF THE NOT-SO-MUCH-PERKS OF THE JOB mcrscans.tumblr.com METALHAMMERCOUK 39 VEHICLES AND CONTENTS ARE LEFT ENTIRELY AT OWNERS RISK MCR'S WARM-UP YOGA one with hermouth full of Curly Wurly McFlurry "My! Chemical! Romance! for a quick pint. Now Gerard's got over the fear of nearly becoming a rocknrolcyclops, he can explain the genesis. And you can see why they're starting to attract this of their strange name. "The name is taken from an Irvine kind of attention when the gig kicks off. Within seconds Welsh book. Me and Mikey were looking at a copy of Ecstasy, of the first song, Gerard is in the crowd, screaming and thrashing like a younger, better-looking Casey Chaos. Their music is reminiscent of other emo/post-hardcoreChemical Romance mean so much on so many different bands such as Funeral For A Friend and Hundred Reasons, levels. It seemed to be the only way to describe the music. but they have a scruffier, punkier edge, which comes fromAnd in another way, Trainspotting is generally set in this the fact that they're all massive fans of Black Flag. and on the inside it said, Three tales of chemical romance." The de facto leader of the group adds: "Well, the words area with people getting caught up in a scene and a vibe The band, it has to be said, as nice as they are, don't appear to be very rock'n'roll. Hammer groans inwardly when it gets on the tour bus, as the two DVDs that are out on show are Dungeons & Dragons, the cartoon, and a stop-motion animation of Wind In The Willows. Nearly all the band go straight to bed, leaving Hammer Matt, who looks like he would sooner be pulling his own up with just Matt and the drummers from Hondo Macleanteeth out with pliers than being interviewed, perks up and The Bled, drinking Stella, listening to Refused and slightly and says, "Newark is in the State of New Jersey, talking about hi-hats. C-c-c-call the cops! where there's a lot of drugs about and that resonated with us because of all the stuff we had to fight through to become a band. The strange thing is that when you watch the movie with the drug addiction and murder, it evern looks like Newark, where we come from!" a few hours outside of New York. It's a complete goddamn The next day, when Hammer has unstuck its tonguewasteland. It's been shut down for about 20 years. It from the floor and tried to rub its aching pancreas better, we look for the band, but apparently they all got up What does it smell of?" we ask. to go sightseeing around Manchester at 5.30 this morning. "Dead bodies", he replies nonchalantly. 5.30am? That was only half an hour after Hammer went to bed! Later, after a lot of fannying about with gaffa tape says, "and during that period I was using substances and hairspray, the band finally say theyre ready to go out to overcome other substances. smells godawful." "Also, at the time I was drinking severely," Gerard "I could feel her finger in my eye... I thought my eyeball had burst" NO, ITS NOT A WEIRD GROUPIE STORY mcrscans.tumblr.com 40 METRIHAMMERCOUK "Id had a really bad year before the band and that helped me get out of it. My art career had gone down the like he could have stepped straight out of Flock Of shitter, 9/11 had just happened. I was quite close to that Seagulls, Gerard is a goth-rock marauder with raven- at the time and it affected me in a very bad way. I became black hair, torn black clothing and aviator shades, and like a hermit and just started drinking all the time and Matt, with his backwards cap and goatee beard, looks I didn't want to do anything with my life. And drinking like he's ready to walk on stage filling in for Metallica. and not doing anything else is the worst thing you can Frank is the most 'modern-looking guy in the band do in terms of depression. I had to go and see a therapist with his punctured face, gun and heart tattoos, and for the first time ever and she put me on antidepressants. asymmetrical haircut. Suddenly all their disparate looks But it wasn'tthe counselling or the drugs, it was the band gel and they look like a band should: a band of brothers. that got me out of my depression. I had a purpose again." "In this life you gotta do what you gotta do!" yells with his MC5/Mars Volta 'fro, the rake-thin Mikey looks All of the band have had similar experiences. "I think Gerard before pausing and adding, "And if that means you'll find none of us was the cool kid at school," offers doing a line of coke and getting a blow job, then that's Frank. "I felt like I never fitted in when I was younger and what you gotta do!" I think depression is a normal thing that happens in thatHammer ain't gonna argue, and by the end of the show situation. So a lot of those emotions go into our songs. there have been more members of the audience running We keep it in check now. Sometimes I go a little bit off the across the stage and diving off than those who haven't. rails but we keep each other in check. There's always beer After dragging Frank off for a quick curry in nearby around when you're on tour. You're more likely to get beer Rusholme, just to prove that all English food isn't shit, tickets than meal tickets." we rejoin the others in Manchester's premier rock bar, The reason that bands drink so much on tour is because Big Hands, where a dizzying array of beers are drunk of all of the downtime there is to kil. Matt, who doesnt by the band, and by the swelling ranks of girls who want drink that often, says: You'll get kids who are desperate to drink with them. to come backstage and when they run into the dressingWe leave them at about 3am, cavorting on the streets of room there will be, like, one guy asleep, two having a chat, Manchester, singing note-perfect impressions of English one watching the TV and another smoking a cigarettebands while dreaming about world domination. they always look so depressed, like they've walked into the wrong room. Why? You feel like saying, Look, you'd be having a better time if you were out at the bar." Frank agrees: The hour you're on stage and meeting the kids afterwards is what it's all about. It is the 22.5 GERARD WOULD NEVER LET ANYONE INTO HIS SACRED CRYPT hours of the day which is boring when you're on tour." But if last night's gig was incendiary, tonight's is certifiably cooler. Ray looks like a 1960s urban guerrilla If 'DUDE, WHERE'S MY EYE?" mcrscans.tumblr.com METALHAMM ERCOUK 41 mcrscans: My Chemical Romance (UK tour special, 2004) article for Metal Hammer Special, 2013 by John Doran, photography by John McMurtrie.
Metallica: 0
 IN MID-2004, WITH THE GLOBAL DOMINATION THAT WAS TO COME
 JUST A MURMUR ON THE HORIZON, WE FOLLOWED MCR AROUND
 THE UK FOR ONE OF THEIR VERY FIRST METAL HAMMER FEATURES
 WORDS: JOHN DORAN PHOTOS: JOHN McMURTRIE
 mcrscans.tumblr.com
 G-
 prepared for the accident that was to happen tonight at
 premier sauna-cum-venue, The Garage. During
 erard Way had been having
 premonitions that he was going
 to be blinded for months. The lead an eviscerating performance, Gerard throws himself
 singer of My Chemical Romancetoward the crowd just as one particularly lust-crazed
 kept on seeing it happen in
 dreams and each time he would
 young woman thrusts her arms up to touch him.
 Gerard, now wearing onyx-black shades, takes up the
 story: "I head-banged into her finger and it went right in
 my eye. It was the weirdest feeling. It was painful but the
 worst thing was how weird it was. I could feel her finger
 in my eye and all this really warm fluid running down
 my face. I thought my eyeball had burst and I just kept
 on thinking about the dreams I'd been having about
 wake up in a cold sweat, shaking. So he was almost
 going blind. I was like, 'Dude, I've lost this left eye:
 But the finger was right back into my socket around
 the eyeball where all the tendons and shit are. It made
 LEAP OF FAITH: THE
 MCRMY PILE IN
 ANK GENUFLECTS AT
 HE ALTAR OF SCREAM
 38 METLHAMNERCOUK

 THE BROTHERS
 WAY: DIVVENT MESS
 garage RISTOR
 music
 "DOESTHE NUMBER 30
 GO FROM HERE MATE?"
 a really weird slurping noise when she took it out.the outfit) from Newark, NJ, who, despite only having
 Metal Hammer has very strict rules about what girls acouple of single releases in this country, are starting
 can and cannot stick into its various orifices and this
 should definitely be a no-no. Gerard and the rest of themuch for their own safety, then they do about their fans.
 band are sitting around sharing coffee, beers and soft They walk out on stage to hand out bottles of water to
 drinks, waiting for their Manchester Hop And Grape show the people at the front and regularly douse the ones who
 soundcheck this evening and telling us all about how they look like they need it. They also try to protect their fans
 are beginning to take off in this country-while swapping from the carnage on stage if they get up there. It's Metal
 gig injury stories. Gerard reckons it would have been cool Hammers view that moshing is a good thing because it
 in a way to have lost his eye, saying: "Can you imagine gives people the chance to have catharsis and get the
 how cool it would be to wear an eyepatch on stage?"
 to cause a huge stir over here. And if they don't care
 violence out that is in us all without hurting anyone else
 You'd be the screamo Bluebeard!", adds taciturr
 drummer Matt Pelissier. All of the band have horror stories in this country under the age of 40 was made to go to one
 to tell when it comes to playing live and, watching thepunk or screamo gig a week then football violence would
 powerhouse performance that they put on, you can't help probably die out overnight. But Gerard still thinks there's
 but feel they should take out a hell of a lot more personal anegative element to it sometimes, saying: "Some of it
 injury insurance. "Frank [Iero] hit me in the face with the is macho bullshit. Some of the nu metal acts were just
 head of his guitar one night and it was bleeding so much encouraging violence for violence's sake. It gives punk
 that my entire face was covered in blood," says Ray Toro, rck a bad name and it makes it harder for the kids. Their
 the Afro-haired guitarist. "It was like a mask of blood." parents aren't going to let them go and watch bands if
 (usually). In fact, we'd go so far as to say that if everyone
 "We're a really physical band on stage," adds Gerard.they go and get the shit kicked out of them."
 "I slipped a couple of discs in my back on tour. Frank hasThe Garage is heaving hours before the gig even starts
 broken his wrist. We've all been hurt."
 It was the gig the night before when we first met up
 with the five-piece (Gerard's brother Mikey plays bass in
 and people keep on coming up to Gerard in the pub
 beforehand. He's nearly mobbed at one point by two
 girls coming out of McDonald's. "Oh! My! God!" says
 "We've all been hurt
 GERARD ON SOME OF THE NOT-SO-MUCH-PERKS OF THE JOB
 mcrscans.tumblr.com
 METALHAMMERCOUK 39

 VEHICLES AND
 CONTENTS
 ARE LEFT
 ENTIRELY AT
 OWNERS RISK
 MCR'S
 WARM-UP YOGA
 one with hermouth full of Curly Wurly McFlurry "My!
 Chemical! Romance!
 for a quick pint. Now Gerard's got over the fear of nearly
 becoming a rocknrolcyclops, he can explain the genesis.
 And you can see why they're starting to attract this
 of their strange name. "The name is taken from an Irvine
 kind of attention when the gig kicks off. Within seconds Welsh book. Me and Mikey were looking at a copy of Ecstasy,
 of the first song, Gerard is in the crowd, screaming and
 thrashing like a younger, better-looking Casey Chaos.
 Their music is reminiscent of other emo/post-hardcoreChemical Romance mean so much on so many different
 bands such as Funeral For A Friend and Hundred Reasons, levels. It seemed to be the only way to describe the music.
 but they have a scruffier, punkier edge, which comes fromAnd in another way, Trainspotting is generally set in this
 the fact that they're all massive fans of Black Flag.
 and on the inside it said, Three tales of chemical romance."
 The de facto leader of the group adds: "Well, the words
 area with people getting caught up in a scene and a vibe
 The band, it has to be said, as nice as they are, don't
 appear to be very rock'n'roll. Hammer groans inwardly
 when it gets on the tour bus, as the two DVDs that are
 out on show are Dungeons & Dragons, the cartoon,
 and a stop-motion animation of Wind In The Willows.
 Nearly all the band go straight to bed, leaving Hammer Matt, who looks like he would sooner be pulling his own
 up with just Matt and the drummers from Hondo Macleanteeth out with pliers than being interviewed, perks up
 and The Bled, drinking Stella, listening to Refused and slightly and says, "Newark is in the State of New Jersey,
 talking about hi-hats. C-c-c-call the cops!
 where there's a lot of drugs about and that resonated
 with us because of all the stuff we had to fight through to
 become a band. The strange thing is that when you watch
 the movie with the drug addiction and murder, it evern
 looks like Newark, where we come from!"
 a few hours outside of New York. It's a complete goddamn
 The next day, when Hammer has unstuck its tonguewasteland. It's been shut down for about 20 years. It
 from the floor and tried to rub its aching pancreas
 better, we look for the band, but apparently they all got up What does it smell of?" we ask.
 to go sightseeing around Manchester at 5.30 this morning. "Dead bodies", he replies nonchalantly.
 5.30am? That was only half an hour after Hammer went
 to bed! Later, after a lot of fannying about with gaffa tape says, "and during that period I was using substances
 and hairspray, the band finally say theyre ready to go out to overcome other substances.
 smells godawful."
 "Also, at the time I was drinking severely," Gerard
 "I could feel her finger in my eye...
 I thought my eyeball had burst"
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 "Id had a really bad year before the band and that
 helped me get out of it. My art career had gone down the like he could have stepped straight out of Flock Of
 shitter, 9/11 had just happened. I was quite close to that Seagulls, Gerard is a goth-rock marauder with raven-
 at the time and it affected me in a very bad way. I became black hair, torn black clothing and aviator shades, and
 like a hermit and just started drinking all the time and Matt, with his backwards cap and goatee beard, looks
 I didn't want to do anything with my life. And drinking like he's ready to walk on stage filling in for Metallica.
 and not doing anything else is the worst thing you can Frank is the most 'modern-looking guy in the band
 do in terms of depression. I had to go and see a therapist with his punctured face, gun and heart tattoos, and
 for the first time ever and she put me on antidepressants. asymmetrical haircut. Suddenly all their disparate looks
 But it wasn'tthe counselling or the drugs, it was the band gel and they look like a band should: a band of brothers.
 that got me out of my depression. I had a purpose again." "In this life you gotta do what you gotta do!" yells
 with his MC5/Mars Volta 'fro, the rake-thin Mikey looks
 All of the band have had similar experiences. "I think Gerard before pausing and adding, "And if that means
 you'll find none of us was the cool kid at school," offers doing a line of coke and getting a blow job, then that's
 Frank. "I felt like I never fitted in when I was younger and what you gotta do!"
 I think depression is a normal thing that happens in thatHammer ain't gonna argue, and by the end of the show
 situation. So a lot of those emotions go into our songs. there have been more members of the audience running
 We keep it in check now. Sometimes I go a little bit off the across the stage and diving off than those who haven't.
 rails but we keep each other in check. There's always beer After dragging Frank off for a quick curry in nearby
 around when you're on tour. You're more likely to get beer Rusholme, just to prove that all English food isn't shit,
 tickets than meal tickets."
 we rejoin the others in Manchester's premier rock bar,
 The reason that bands drink so much on tour is because Big Hands, where a dizzying array of beers are drunk
 of all of the downtime there is to kil. Matt, who doesnt by the band, and by the swelling ranks of girls who want
 drink that often, says: You'll get kids who are desperate to drink with them.
 to come backstage and when they run into the dressingWe leave them at about 3am, cavorting on the streets of
 room there will be, like, one guy asleep, two having a chat, Manchester, singing note-perfect impressions of English
 one watching the TV and another smoking a cigarettebands while dreaming about world domination.
 they always look so depressed, like they've walked into
 the wrong room. Why? You feel like saying, Look, you'd be
 having a better time if you were out at the bar."
 Frank agrees: The hour you're on stage and meeting
 the kids afterwards is what it's all about. It is the 22.5
 GERARD WOULD
 NEVER LET
 ANYONE INTO
 HIS SACRED
 CRYPT
 hours of the day which is boring when you're on tour."
 But if last night's gig was incendiary, tonight's is
 certifiably cooler. Ray looks like a 1960s urban guerrilla
 If
 'DUDE, WHERE'S MY EYE?"
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My Chemical Romance (UK tour special, 2004) article for Metal Hammer Special, 2013 by John Doran, photography by John McMurtrie.

mcrscans: My Chemical Romance (UK tour special, 2004) article for Metal Hammer Special, 2013 by John Doran, photography by John McMurtrie.